Stephen F. Stumpf

September 12, 1949April 2, 2018
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Stephen (Steve) Frederick Stumpf, passed away April 2, 2018 at the age of 68. Born in New Orleans in 1949 and was a life-long resident of the Greater New Orleans Area, Stumpf was most recently Chairman of Durr Heavy Construction, after serving as its CEO for many years. A well-respected business leader and much beloved philanthropist, Stumpf’s impact was felt well beyond the construction industry. Known as a big man with an even bigger heart he was committed to his family, his faith, his friends, his employees and the community. Stumpf served as a board member for the Catholic Leadership Institute, which helps clergy and lay leaders develop their skills, and was a former board member of The Catholic Foundation. He served as finance council chairman of St. Anselm Church, and was on the Archdiocesan Finance Council and Catholic Charities’ Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal. He was a charter member of New Orleans Legatus, founding member of its Northshore chapter, and former member of its International Board of Governors. He was instrumental in bringing ACE Scholarships Program to Louisiana, helping hundreds of children receive scholarships to Catholic schools. Stumpf supported many charities including the Louisiana Special Olympics, which was near and dear to his heart. He and Durr employees developed an entertainment area for the athletes called “Olympic Town” during the spring games. Durr continues to sponsor and employees volunteer for the event every year. He served on the New Orleans Advisory Board for Iberia Bank, Board of Directors for Ochsner Health System, Board of the Louisiana Trooper Foundation, Board for Blueprint Louisiana and the Board for The Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership. Stumpf was past president of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Bayou Chapter and former chairman of the board for Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) and chaired SOUTHPAC, a political action committee for LABI. His other professional involvements included the Jefferson Business Council, the Jefferson Chamber, JEDCO, New Orleans Business Council, Committee of 100, Tulane’s Family Business Forum and the World Presidents’ Organization. He received numerous honors for his work in the community including: Order of St. Louis Medallion Award, Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, De La Salle High School Signum Fidei Award, Philanthropist of the Year for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. His hobbies included traveling, fishing, being an LSU Tigers fan, watching his race horses win at the track and spending time with his children and granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry Stumpf Jr. and Margaret Negrotto Stumpf, his brother Henry (Hank) Stumpf III and his sister Sally Stumpf. Survived by his loving wife of 45 years Donna Durr Stumpf; his 3 children: Dana Rae Stumpf-Farrell (Kenny), Stephen Frederick Stumpf, Jr., Shana Ann Stumpf, his granddaughter: Dara Felicia Farrell; his sister-in-law Marlene Richard Stumpf; his brothers Kenneth Stumpf (Carrol), Quentin Stumpf (Jan) and his sister Cynthia Stumpf Atwell (George). Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Rd., Metairie, LA 70005 on Friday, April 6 at 1pm. Interment will follow at Metairie Cemetery, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124. A wake will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 5pm to 8pm. Visitation will be held Friday, April 6 from 10am to 1pm at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Rd. in Metairie. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Salutare Deum Foundation. Visit for more information. To view and sign the guestbook, visit


  • Survived by his loving wife of 45 years Donna Durr Stumpf; his 3 children: Dana Rae Stumpf-Farrell (Kenny), Stephen Frederick Stumpf, Jr., Shana Ann Stumpf, his granddaughter: Dara Felicia Farrell; his sister-in-law Marlene Richard Stumpf; his brothers Kenneth Stumpf (Carrol), Quentin Stumpf (Jan) and his sister Cynthia Stumpf Atwell (George).

  • William Fenstermaker
  • Stephen Cory
  • Keith Odinet
  • Walter Boasso
  • Stephen Stumpf, Jr.
  • Kenneth Farrell
  • Tripp Friedler
  • Scott Delacroix


  • Evening Visitation Thursday, April 5, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, April 6, 2018

Stephen F. Stumpf

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Sister Camille Anne Campbell

April 9, 2018

What a great loss. Mount Carmel has been helped over the years by this great man and his family. I joked with him that I gave up a man when I bowed to serve Jesus but I did not give up men. Vsteve is an important man in my life as is his family. Who else could have me named s contractir after Katrina, but Steve. I deeply regret not being with you. God's peace be with Donna and the family. Love, Sister Camille Anne

Betty Cantrell Gillane

April 6, 2018

Donna, So sorry for your loss. I did not know Stephen but from what I read, he must have been a great guy. I hope you remember me from our younger days in Harahan. I wish we would have stayed in touch. I will keep you in my prayers.

Ronald Rodrigue

April 6, 2018

Dear Donna, unfortunately my schedule did not allow me to come to either services (Thurs. or Friday); however, I wanted to share a few memories that I will hold dear to my heart. Your incredible Christmas parties were always a delight to attend! All the planning meetings spent with Steve preparing for one of St. Charles Borromeo Capital Improvement projects - Fred Roth Memorial Activity Center. A chartered fishing trip with Steve and Fr. John Phuc in which we all had a great time. He was a man of service for others and will remain with me forever. God Bless! Ronald C. Rodrigue

Thomas Gardner

April 6, 2018

Steve truly loved visiting his granddaughter, and adored his family. Steve had a grin that no one who knew him will ever forget. Steve also had a saintly smile and now he will forever be amount the Saints.

Milton Mary

April 5, 2018

Stephen will be greatly missed, he was a special guy! Our prays will be offered for him and his family. Milton & Melanie Mary.

Rose Griffith

April 5, 2018

Steve was a well loved and generous man to mankind and to his beloved horses. He so much enjoyed watching his race horses run. He will be missed and my thoughts are with the family. May you rest in Peace. Rose

Allyson Villars

April 5, 2018

Steve's kindnesses far exceeded: his imagination, his soulful listening skills, his tireless business ventures, his arms around the shoulders of those he loved, his immediate immersion when something sparked his interest, his loyalty, his confidence, his sincerity in truth telling, his adamant drive toward his beliefs, his compassion, his fill-the-room presence, his laughter, his lighthearted yet stern desire for those around him to grow and glow, his willingness to share business strategies with so many others, his animated story telling, his vibrant life force, and his smile.

May the constant love and memories shared by caring friends and family soften your sadness,


jerry foley

April 5, 2018

Steve, your physical being has left us, but you heart, mind, soul and spirit will live with us forever. You have taught me and many others that THE GIFT IS IN THE GIVING, it is better to give then receive. You set the standards for others to follow, You will be LOVED and MISSED by many, thanks for all you did for me and the many others who's lives you touched, God Bless you and your family, Jerry Foley

Laurence Favalora

April 5, 2018

Steve, may you rest in peace. Have not seen you in many years but some of my fondest memories were of the ABC Conventions at Sandestin when we both had dark hair! I can still see that grin on your face. My sincere regrets to Donna and family on your tragic death. May they find comfort in your success and generosity in life , and in Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Leo Williams

April 5, 2018

Steve was always one of my dearest friends back in the day at De La Salle. Great times and great memories. RIP my friend.